Philadelphia Eagles Safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, drafted fresh out of Temple in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, is working hard this offseason to earn a chance to start in 2012. On Bleeding Eagle Green Radio this morning, I asked Jarrett what he was doing this offseason.
Jarrett tells me that he is working on increasing his size by following a special diet and working out. He has also met with new Eagles DB coach Todd Bowles who has him watching a significant amount of film. As we recall, the offseason last year did not allow coaches to work with the new rookies, which gave them a disadvantage over prior rookie classes.
In the 2012 season, it appears that Nate Allen will be a starter and Jarrett will compete with Kurt Coleman for the remaining spot. The Eagles have been in search of a big-hitting safety since the departure of Philly icon Brian Dawkins. Jarrett would appear to be that replacement but has a long way to go. Besides putting on some weight, Jarrett needs to make that transition from college ball to the big leagues. His film from Temple shows he can lay the big hit when he needs to, but he has to bring that aggression to the NFL. And of course, the leadership skills of Dawkins are very difficult to replace.
As Jarrett continues to develop, we'll continue to have him on as a guest to follow his progress.
Bleeding Eagle Green Radio airs every week online with player interviews, Eagles talk and analysis.